Environment & Energy Report

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Aug. 27, 2018, 10:00 AM

Byron R. Brown foresees a global renewed focus on emerging contaminants—or chemicals found in drinking water—and their regulatory impact.

Federal officials are just beginning to understand the problem of contamination and clean up of ubiquitous perfluorinated chemicals called per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), Brown told Bloomberg Environment. The chemicals, used in nonstick products and fire-fighting foam, are linked to reproductive and developmental effects, liver and kidney harms, and immunological effects as well as cancer.

The former deputy chief of staff for policy at the Environmental Protection Agency, started with the agency in its Office...

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